Shriners discussing Montreal hospital
Published Tuesday, July 6, 2010 8:43AM EDT
This week the Shriners are holding their 136th Imperial Council session in Toronto, and one of the topics up for discussion is the long-delayed construction of the Montreal Shriners Hospital for Children.
A status report on the hospital was delivered at the convention on Monday.
While members of the Shriners are keeping quiet about what that report contained, they have promised to reveal details to the public on Thursday July 15.
Spokespeople for the charitable wing of the Masons say the organization is still hammering out some details while the international membership is in session.
The convention continues in Toronto until this Thursday, and the hospital team will only return to Montreal on Friday.
Construction on the new Children's Hospital is expected to begin soon on the grounds of the MUHC superhospital, in the Glen Yards.
Last year, a top American official with the Shriners said all new projects would be put on hold due to a lack of funds, but the Montreal-based director of the hospital said that was not the case.
In 2005, the Shriners threatened to move the hospital from Montreal to Ontario, but that move was defeated in several votes by the organization's general membership.
An earlier report indicated the Shriners would hold a news conference in Montreal on July 8, which is not the case.